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VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION SPECIALIST I/II

Office for Blindness and Vision Services

Recruitment #14-005165-012

GRADE

13

LOCATION OF POSITION

Note:  The incumbent in this position will work in two locations in the Office for Blindness and Vision Services:

100 East All Saints Streets, Room 201, Frederick, Maryland (Frederick County)

16 W. Washington Street, District Office, Hagerstown, Maryland  (Washington County)

Main Purpose of Job

To ensure the application of federal and state laws, regulations and Division policy in determining the eligibility of individuals who are blind or visually impaired for vocational rehabilitation services and to plan and implement vocational rehabilitation services to assist those individuals maintain, prepare for and obtain gainful employment consistent with their skills, capacities and vocational choices within a reasonable period of time as defined within Individualized Plans for Employment.

POSITION DUTIES

Assists persons who are blind or visually impaired in preparing for or obtaining employment; determines eligibility for vocational services; provides individual career/counseling to people who are blind or visually impaired; reviews medical, psychological, and vocational data to evaluate the nature and extent of the disability; coordinates and provides services to eligible individuals  necessary to accommodate their disabilities and obtain employment; obtains services from other community agencies for people with disabilities; and provides job placement, post-employment, and follows-up services.

MINIMUM EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

Education:   Possession of a Bachelor’s Degree. 

Experience:

Level I – Professional experience in a behavioral or social science related filed is preferred.  

Level II - Two years of professional experience in a behavioral or social science related field is required; a Master’s Degree in a Behavioral or Social Science related field may be substituted for one year of the required experience.  Experience working with transition youth preferred.

SELECTIVE QUALIFICATIONS

Knowledge of:  principles, procedures and regulations involved in providing rehabilitation services; Professional counseling, interviewing, and evaluation procedures; relationship between functional limitations presented by disabilities and employment goals; social and economic structure of the Community organizations, and groups providing services and information for people with disabilities; practices relating to job search and employer outreach activities; and of laws and regulations governing the administration of vocational rehabilitation, special education, social security, and social services. Ability to: communicate effectively; effectively plan and organize assigned work and meet established performance standards; coordinate and deliver multidisciplinary services required to support rehabilitation programs; analyze and interpret complex and varied medical, psychological, and vocational reports; skill in adaptive and assistive technologies; establish and maintain appropriate relationships with consumers, family members, employers, representatives of public and private organizations, providers of rehabilitation services, general public, and government officials.

BENEFITS

STATE OF MARYLAND BENEFITS

FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS

Applicants must complete the Maryland State Government JobAps on-line application for employment  Recruitment #14-005165-12 . The Application and any support documentation must clearly demonstrate that the applicant meets the prerequisite Minimum Qualifications and possesses the Essential Requirements for the position.

Paper applications can be completed and faxed to 410-554-9397 or mailed to DORS Human Resource Department at 2301 Argonne Drive, Baltimore, MD 21218. To obtain a paper application visit our website dors.state.md.us or marylandpublicschools.org. TDD (410) 554-9399. Inquiries can be made to 410-554-9424. Appropriate accommodations can be made for individuals with disabilities.

If you have difficulty with your user account or have general questions about this online application system, please contact the MD Department of Budget and Management, Recruitment and Examination Division at 410-767-4850.

Proof of eligibility to work in compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act, and travel throughout the State are required. This position has been designated as a Special Appointment. Any misrepresentation of academic or experience requirements for this position may result in non-selection or termination of employment.

TTY Users: call via Maryland Relay

As an equal opportunity employer Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity.



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